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🗓Saturday 8th October 9:55am

📍104 shirecliffe road S5 8XB

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Rachel (she/her) went on a group run

Wed 28th Sep at 6:30pm

It'll Be All-Crate On The Night! (Needs to be said in a Yorks accent)

Barnsley Report written by James Smith

Back to the BCDP tonight. Linda was running late so we set off a little after our usual time. It didn't matter too much for this task though as it's essentially just across the road! Before we set off we had to make time for a quick selfie; it was a great one, see the pictures for evidence!

As usual, on arrival we had to make our way through a group of queuing clients outside the entryway. Once we made it inside we searched out Peter to receive our orders for the evening. We had the task of making up food and drink bags to be given out at the hatch way. We set up a production line, of sorts, to achieve this task, laying out all of the component parts on the tables. Rachel was on the biscuit bagging station, Linda and James had the task of bagging up all of the other items to be added to the carrier bag which gets handed out. We added a carton of juice, a bottle of fresh orange, 2 Rocky bars and a bag of crisps to each bag: rip-off space invaders if I remember rightly. When the bags were full, they were to be put into crates- 6 bags to a crate. We managed to get 6 crates packed. The crates are stackable and used to store the bags for use on other evenings. We also filled some burger boxes with eggs to be handed out on request, labelling them to make sure they're handled with care.

We certainly had a crate time!

All done for the evening, we said our goodbyes for another month. I had a Strava segment on a particularly steep hill planned but some people had booked tickets on an early train so as to get out of this... some people! Sneaky! I had a backup plan in my bag though, box jumping up all of the steps in the stairwell up to Glasshouse TableTable from the ground level carpark.

Hop to it!

Arriving at the top, slightly out of breath, we decided to stretch off indoors tonight due to the dreariness of the evening outside. Linda and Rachel went a bit rogue on the stretches, it was a bit of a free-for-all. I'll let it go... this time :)

Until next week!

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Linda Cairns
Rachel (she/her) went on a group run

Mon 26th Sep at 6:30pm

Third Rock St from the Sun

Sheffield Report written by James Smith

This evening we were off to assist the Pitsmoor Pickers with their litterpicking activities. We gathered outside the Showroom cinema as usual, had a pre-run briefing and did a role call. The run took us through Castlegate and along some pleasant traffic-free paths by the riverside. Upon arrival at the litterpicking location a few of the Pitsmoor Pickers were already busy wombling away. Both GG and our contact from the pickers, Karen, were expecting fewer participants tonight so when 7 GoodGym runners and 4 Pitsmoor Pickers rocked up at Rock St we were a little short on litterpickers for the litterpickers. Happily, Karen’s car was parked just up the road and she had some spare ones… phew!

With everyone pickered and bagged up we were tasked with clearing away the rubbish up Rock Street and adjacent roads. We split up into ones and twos, then hit the road(s). We worked our way up the hill to the top of the road where there was already a substantial pile of rubbish waiting to be added to. After around 45 minutes of picking we had transformed the area, leaving it spick and span, Pitsmoor or less!

Some group pictures with our bagged up booty were snapped, we said our thankyous and goodbyes, then set off a little way down the street to do some scenic squatting. There was a wall by the roadside with stunning views of the city; this was the perfect place to partake in some wall-sitting. Everyone took up a position on the wall-with-a-view and prepared for 1 minute of wall-sit action. “Everyone” easily achieved this, and even a few unplanned extra seconds!

After this fun we ran back down the hill and through town to the grass outside the Showroom, doing sporadic squats at stops on the way as usual. Here we fully stretched off the main muscles used in the evening’s activities and heard some announcements, namely the weekly Barnsley GoodGym session on Wednesday.

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Rachel (she/her) signed up to a group run.

Mon 17th Oct at 6:30pm

Rachel (she/her) signed up to a group run.

Mon 10th Oct at 6:30pm

The Hope Centre Basement Bonanza!

It will give us more space to use for community activities and make it a safer building.

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Rachel (she/her) signed up to a group run.

Mon 26th Sep at 6:30pm

Pitsmoor Pickers: Litter Pick Spital Street and Spital Lane

Improve the surrounding area, encourage civic pride and improve mental health

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Rachel (she/her) went on a mission

Thu 15th Sep at 2:00pm

One lopper - but that didn't stop us!

Sheffield Report written by Rachel (she/her)

Natalie and I met at Mrs J's and I had a familiar feeling of bramble apocalypse, soon realising I had been here before. At the beginning of if 2020, we spent 3 missions clearing the space of brambles 1 2 3, but here we were and it was sadly even worse than before.

We heard how Mrs J's granddaughter did her best to maintain and did manage to keep a path to the sheds for a while, but brambles did what brambles do and took back over.

We were provided with loppers and a strimmer. The strimmer almost immediately ran out of batteries/stopped working. We cleared the way into the first shed. Inside we dodged the rat droppings and found a promising trove of power tools... but then couldn't get the extension lead to work 😔🙄.

Stuck with one pair of loppers between us, we did what we could manage in an hour and a half. We cleared around the upper shed and the steps that formed the top part of the path down to the second shed, but there was no way we were going to get the whole way in one session.

A frustrating task for a few reasons, but we did what we could. We left Mrs J and her granddaughter, wishing them luck with the rest, before running home together for a mile or so before parting ways.

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Nick Moore
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Thu 15th Sep at 5:41pm

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Rachel (she/her) signed up to a mission.

Thu 15th Sep at 2:00pm

Help with back garden for Ms J

It will mean Ms J can store items in her shed that is in her property and safely access the garden

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Rachel (she/her) signed up to a community mission.

Sat 29th Oct at 10:00am

Help SAYiT with an office move

You will be directly helping transform the lives of LGBTQ+ young people in Sheffield.

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Rachel (she/her) went on a community mission

Sat 3rd Sep at 8:30am

Everything will be okay in the End(cliffe)

Sheffield Report written by Rachel (she/her)

John Lennon — 'Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.'

Last week, everything was not okay and it was not the Endcliffe Parkrun. That is to say, they could not muster enough volunteers and had to cancel the event, which is pretty poor given it is the most well attended in Sheffield.

This week there was a full roster, partly in thanks to us at GoodGym. The RD put out a plea at the beginning to encourage people to keep volunteering, especially those who run regularly.

I (Rachel) felt the pressure as timekeeper for 542 runners, Ellie helped keep the complicated funnel system run smoothly and Celine kept runners safe along the route as marshal.

At the end, we reconvened with runners Hannah and Annie for breakfast and chat before home. Look out for future GG Parkrun support events and consider if you could volunteer more often. All the details are on the parkrun website.

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James Smith

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Mon 5th Sep at 9:30am

thank you Rachel!

Rachel (she/her) signed up to a group run.

Wed 28th Sep at 6:30pm

Sorting donations into crates for BCDP

It will help homeless people in Barnsley

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